Info: 8 ml Bottle (1 Month Supply)
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This probiotic formulation has been clinically shown to be able to improve three gastrointestinal issues associated with infant colic, and to reduce crying time after about a week of treatment: both overall (by nearly a half hour a day, compared to the placebo group) and per episode (by 14 minutes).
Clinically studied, recommended by doctors for more than 20 years. HFM Baby Drops are a probiotic formula designed to support GI health and relieve colic symptoms.
Colicky babies exhibit prolonged and recurrent periods of irritability, fussing, and especially crying during their first few months, without obvious cause and seemingly unpreventable or irresolvable by their caregivers.
Studies indicate three physiological differences in the GI tracts of those with infant colic, which collectively explain why they are experiencing more gas, inflammation, spasmodic bowel movements, and pain, which could account for their behavior: with findings of lower microbiota diversity and stability; a relative excess of some types of gut bacteria; and a shortage of others.
Of course, generally, this all resolves itself by about the fifth month as the babies develop, but to relieve the distress of everyone involved, probiotics are a logical approach. Although there have been mixed results with other types (with some only improving crying in either formula-fed or breastfed babies, but not both, and some actually producing more gas), this particular combination works on both, without producing gas, and has demonstrated its ability to: increase overall microbiota diversity; reduce the relative abundance of the more disruptive Enterobacteria (mostly Escherichia/Shigella) and Staphylococcus types; and significantly increase the relative abundance of the Bifidobacterium genus, which helps protect against inflammation.
Each 0.25 ml (5 drops) serving contains:
Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum (KABPT™-042): 0.5 billion CFU
Pediococcus pentosaceus (KABP™-041): 0.5 billion CFU
Non-medicinal ingredients: Sunflower oil, maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, vitamin E, trehalose, D-mannitol, dextrose, sodium ascorbate, sodium citrate, L-cysteine.
CFU = Colony Forming Units
This product is Dairy Free, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Soy Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan, and has no artificial colours or flavours or FOS.
This product is also marketed as Floradapt Baby Colic in some regions, and also as AB-Kolicare®. Floradapt™ and KABP™ are trademarks of Kaneka Corporation (which has acquired the company which developed it, AB-BIOTICS). HMF is Genestra's registered trademark for: Human Microflora.
Recommended Dose: For Infants and Toddlers, from 1 to 36 months old): 5 drops a day.
To administer: Shake bottle well before use. Drop 5 drops (0.25 mL) into either a milk bottle or into a 10 to 15 mL beverage of your child's choice, and let him or her drink it once daily- at least 2-3 hours before or after taking antibiotics (if applicable). Store in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight at or below 25°C.
No refrigeration required.
Keep bottle out of the reach of children. Do not use HMF Baby Drops with a child who has an immune-compromised condition (e.g. AIDS, lymphoma, or undergoing long-term corticosteroid treatment). Consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use if your child has fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea or severe abdominal pain. Stop use and consult your healthcare practitioner if symptoms of digestive upset occur, worsen or persists beyond 3 days.
Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80096175.
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Dryl, R, and Szajewska, H. “Probiotics for management of infantile colic: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.” Archives of Medical Science: AMS, 2018.
Santas J, et al. “Pediococcus pentosaceus CECT 8330 and Bidobacterium longum CECT 7894 show a trend towards lowering infantile excessive crying syndrome in a pilot clinical trial.” International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences, 2015.
Skorka, A et al. “To add or not to add probiotics to infant formulae? An updated systematic review.” Beneficial Microbes, 2017.
Tintore, M, et al. “Gut Microbiota: Dysbiosis and Role of Probiotics in Infant Colic.” Archives of Clinical Microbiology, 2017.
Tintore, M & Cune, J. “Probiotic treatment with ab-kolicare® causes changes in the microbiota which correlate with a reduction in crying time.” International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences, 2017.